Evidentiary argument

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An evidentiary argument is an argument based on evidence. In apologetics and counter-apologetics the argument usually goes as follows:
 
An evidentiary argument is an argument based on evidence. In apologetics and counter-apologetics the argument usually goes as follows:
 
  
 
*There is no evidence for the existence of God.
 
*There is no evidence for the existence of God.
 
*We should not believe in a proposition for which there is no evidence.
 
*We should not believe in a proposition for which there is no evidence.
 
**We should not believe in the existence of God.
 
**We should not believe in the existence of God.
 
  
 
The objections can be grouped into objections to specific premises:
 
The objections can be grouped into objections to specific premises:
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*[[Argument from personal experience|Personal revelations]].
 
*[[Argument from personal experience|Personal revelations]].
 
*[[Jesus fulfilled prophecy]]
 
*[[Jesus fulfilled prophecy]]
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*There are good reasons to not believe in the existence of God.
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*We should not believe in a proposition for which there are good reasons to not believe.
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**We should not believe in the existence of God.
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===There are good reasons to disbelieve in God.===
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*[[Arguments against the existence of God]]
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*[[Problem of Evil]]
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*[[Argument from unbelief]]
  
  

Revision as of 18:39, 21 November 2007

An evidentiary argument is an argument based on evidence. In apologetics and counter-apologetics the argument usually goes as follows:

  • There is no evidence for the existence of God.
  • We should not believe in a proposition for which there is no evidence.
    • We should not believe in the existence of God.

The objections can be grouped into objections to specific premises:

We should believe in propositions without evidence

This branch of defense arguments usually concern the idea of faith and the defenses there of.

There is evidence for the existence of God


Alternatively:

  • There are good reasons to not believe in the existence of God.
  • We should not believe in a proposition for which there are good reasons to not believe.
    • We should not believe in the existence of God.

There are good reasons to disbelieve in God.


This is, much like Pascal's Wager, is an argument for belief rather than the existence of God. The thrust of the argument is that we shouldn't believe in God, not that there are not god(s).

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